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Johnson Space Center preparing for new era in space travel.

November 12, 2012

NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston is optimistic about a new era of space travel involving humans flying to faraway asteroids. According to Michael L. Coats, director of JSC, who will speak at ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Houston, human space travel has received bipartisan support in U.S. Congress, and there are research programs under way to study adaptability of the human body to long-duration flights. Read More

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Frozen Soil Symposium examines mechanical properties testing.

November 12, 2012

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, symposium on Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soil will take place January 31, 2013  Jacksonville, FL and provide forum for exchange of ideas on current research on the testing of mechanical properties of frozen ground. One key objective is to identify new opportunities for standards and specifications that will aid construction on frozen soils as well as utilization of natural resources in frozen soil conditions. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO® to include designer-focused activities.

November 9, 2012

To be held February 15–18, 2013, IPC APEX EXPO® will feature IPC Designers Forum to begin with discussion by Dieter Bergman on roadmapping efforts in area of design. Presentations will also be given by Edward Acheson, Daniel DiTuro, Happy Holden, Vern Solberg, and Rick Hartley, while Mark Finstad and Mark Verbrugge will host Ask the Flexperts session. Forum will also feature professional development courses and basic and advanced-level IPC designer certification workshops and exams. Read More

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ASTM/AASHTO Agreement aids road construction, transportation.

November 9, 2012

Solidifying their coordination, Agreement on Standards has been signed by ASTM International and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In comment, ASTM International President James A. Thomas expressed hope that this agreement "will foster better coordination in mutual areas of interest, reduce unnecessary duplication of effort, and be responsive to industry needs in an efficient and collaborative manner.” Read More

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SPE® Automotive Division names winners of 42nd annual innovation awards.

November 9, 2012

During annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on November 7, 2012, winner of Grand Award and Body Interior category, all-olefin, multi-grained full instrument panel surface, was announced. Winners in Body Exterior, Chassis/Hardware, Materials, Performance and Customization, and Powertrain categories were named as well. Also naming winners of Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies and Safety categories, Livonia, MI event drew over 700 attendees. Read More

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NEMA to Hold U.S. TAG Secretariat for IEC TC120 EES Systems.

November 8, 2012

NEMA has been selected to hold Secretariat of U.S. Technical Advisory Committee (TAG) to IEC TC120 Electrical Energy Storage (EES) Systems, which was created to accelerate integration of renewable energy as well as enable more reliable and efficient supply of electrical energy. This TAG will present consensus U.S. opinions in development of international energy storage standards and coordinate work of U.S. experts who will serve at international level. Read More

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SME Receives DOE Grant to focus on energy conservation.

November 8, 2012

SME was granted $292,000 from U.S. Department of Energy to partner SME Student Chapters with 24 Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) at U.S. universities, providing hands-on industry experience. IAC assessments focus on industrial energy conservation techniques through energy audits and assessments of manufacturers, and grant broadens program to assess manufacturing processes for energy savings. Starting 2012, SME will partner with 6 universities and expand incrementally over 3.5 years. Read More

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Industry Growth Forum brings together energy innovators.

November 8, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy's NREL 25th Industry Growth Forum attracted nearly 400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policymakers to Denver. Two-day forum highlighted clean energy industry technology and business developments. In addition to hearing business case presentations from 30 clean energy companies, including 8 Colorado companies, attendees participated in comprehensive agenda of in-depth panel discussions and networking opportunities. Read More

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Laser Safety Officer Training Course meets new standards.

November 8, 2012

On the heels of the release of a new standard to ensure proper use of lasers in the research and development environment, LIA has announced new course for safety officers based on that guideline. Taught by Ken Barat, chairman of the committee that put together the ANSI Z136.8, Safe Use of lasers in Research, Development, or Testing Environment standard, new course will prepare LSOs to oversee safe use of laser systems in oftentimes ad hoc situations. Read More

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IPC and SMTA announce agenda for Conformal Coating workshop.

November 8, 2012

Scheduled for Nov 13, 2012, during IPC/SMTA Higher Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference, Conformal Coating technical workshop will teach basics of conformal coating and coating processes. Course will introduce fundamentals and assumes no prior knowledge of coatings. Topics include popular myths and misconceptions as well as commons causes of coating problems. Second half of course will teach the use and application of conformal coating in manufacturing environments. Read More

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ASTM develops roadmap for updating nuclear power standards.

November 8, 2012

ASTM developed Roadmap in Support of Commercial Nuclear Power to provide practical set of plans for updating ASTM nuclear energy standards in conjunction with Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative. Ultimate goal of roadmap is to ensure safe and economical source of electricity now and in the future. Priorities for commercial nuclear energy include encompassing objectives of NESCC Task Group on Standards Prioritization and building on results of ASTM survey and June 2011 workshop. Read More

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PTDA launches new website.

November 8, 2012

Located at www.ptda.org, PTDA's redesigned website includes powerful search tools that enable users to find relevant industry information and locate distributors and manufacturers throughout North America and beyond. While some industry-specific content is accessible only to members, much of the information—such as guidelines and formats—is publicly available with a few additional steps. Featuring mobile-friendly design, site is accessible from tablets and cell phones. Read More

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NAM President says it's time for Americans to come together.

November 8, 2012

In his statement regarding 2012 election results, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said "manufacturers continue to stand ready to work with President Obama" and noted how he talked about manufacturing throughout his campaign as he had during his first term. Areas requiring collaboration, as noted by Timmons, included exports, strengthening workforce, preparing Americans for jobs in modern manufacturing, pro-growth energy and tax policies, and "common-sense regulation." Read More

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AASHTO and ASTM Agreement benefits road construction.

November 8, 2012

Signing of an Agreement on Standards between AASHTO and ASTM International solidifies coordination between two organizations working in common interest of highway construction, safety, maintenance, and sustainability in the United States and around the world. According to AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley, this agreement will help organizations to avoid duplication of effort and streamline the process, saving both time and resources. Read More

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ANSI welcomes 12 new members.

November 7, 2012

In October, ANSI welcomed 12 new members: Alliance Data Systems; Appleton Papers; Crane Operator Certification Authority; Early Warning Services; Elixir Centre for Bio Environmental Quality Standards Certification; GPM Global; International Medical Equipment Service, Inc.; MC Miller Co., Inc.; Navigant Consulting Inc.; Saint-Gobain RD Center; and Secant Medical, Inc. These organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and over 3.5 million professionals. Read More

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PTDA Presents Warren Pike Award to Barbara J. Ross.

November 7, 2012

Barbara J. Ross, VP sales and marketing for Timken Drives LLC, is 23rd recipient of Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in power transmission/motion control industry. Ross has been a leader for PTDA and PTDA Foundation since late 1990s, when she joined PTDA Industry Relations Committee. Since then, she has served on various committees in addition to all 3 leadership groups of the Association: Manufacturer Council, PTDA Board of Directors, and PTDA Foundation Board of Trustees. Read More

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PTDA 2012 Industry Summit delivers big ideas.

November 7, 2012

Held Oct 18-20, PTDA Industry Summit gathered power transmission/motion control industry to network, share solutions, and build business. Themed "Big Ideas to Steer Your Business," event hosted 715 participants, which included 570 industry delegates. Summit featured opening keynote titled "Trends, Technology Taking the Lead" as well as workshops titled "The Changing Sales Model," "Knowledge Transfer  The Emerging Generations," and "Understanding and Implementing Cloud and Mobile Computing." Read More

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SME Digital Design Award Winners named at RAPID 2012.

November 7, 2012

Announced at SME RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, winners of 2012 Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition included 3 entries from University of Louisville, KY. In high school category, 2 winners were announced from Cedar Falls High School in Iowa. Contestants were required to design products representing working prototypes, usable in another assembly, with geometry defined using 3D CAD system capable of producing stereolithography files. Read More

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ASTM International launches Professor's Tool Kit.

November 7, 2012

ASTM International has announced a new academic offering for university professors to include technical standards as part of their engineering and business curricula. Professor's Tool Kit includes: 5 scripted PowerPoint modules; sample syllabi and standards; short videos on the value of standards and student membership in ASTM; articles about standards education; ASTM industry sector overviews; standards case studies; and informational brochures on membership/benefits. Read More

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Sanjay Huprikar Joins IPC as VP of member success.

November 7, 2012

Having joined IPC staff as vice president of member success, Sanjay Huprikar will be responsible for membership, member support, events, industry councils, and market research. IPC president and CEO John Mitchell noted Huprikar's "years of leadership and expertise in sales, strategy, and customer care in the electronics industry" and added that his "engineering experience, entrepreneurial style, and professional accomplishments make him an excellent choice for this position." Read More